Is kalanchoe poisonous to cats?

Updated November 21, 2016

Cats can often become curious about flowers and nibble on them. Cat owners should take precautions to ensure the safety of their cat if they own the kalanchoe plant. This plant is highly toxic to cats and has the potential to make them quite ill if they ingest it.


Kalanchoe is a member of the succulent family and comes in various shades of red, pink, purple, yellow, orange and white.This plant is also known as the devil's backbone, mother of millions, the mother-in-law plant and the chandelier plant. Kalanchoe is a popular plant because of its attractive flowers that bloom from late fall into winter.


Kalanchoe is listed by the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as toxic to cats. Adverse effects are seen in cats upon ingestion of any part of the kalanchoe plant.


Cats who ingest kalanchoe often develop gastrointestinal symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhoea. In rare instances, cats develop an abnormal heart rhythm after ingesting this plant. Veterinary treatment is required for cats who ingest large quantities of kalanchoe.

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